Y'all ever taken a vacation alone?

  • BryUSC88

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    Apr 10, 2013 1:09 AM GMT
    I've recently been considering taking a vacation alone. I've read about it being kind of a "finding yourself" thing. I know...at my age, I should have found myself years ago. I'm the kind of guy that can't sit in a restaurant and eat alone, so I feel like a vacation alone would really be a learning and growing experience. I'm single, so don't have the boyfriend to go with. And I have two close buddies, but one just bought a house and a car and can't afford a trip. And the other works in education, and can't afford more than a short trip. And I kinda miss doing some traveling. So...thought I'd see if anyone has every been on a solo-cation. Part of me thinks it sounds fun, but another part of me wonders if it would be depressing.

    Of course, the IDEAL situation would be for Mr. Right to come along...and we could travel together. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 10, 2013 2:06 AM GMT
    Did it once, at 23, 4 weeks alone in the US and Canada (from Germany) and it was difficult. Being alone got very lonely in NYC. At least I was visiting friends and family in all other places.
  • Jerebear

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    Apr 10, 2013 2:42 AM GMT
    I wouldn't go to so-called vacation destinations alone, that would be depressing but solo road trips are awesome! I turn off the phone, listen to my music as loud as I want, enjoy the scenery, drive wherever I want, explore. It clears my thinking about things. Its rejuvenating for me.
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    Apr 10, 2013 2:55 AM GMT
    I have taken several vacations alone and they were quite fun. Yes, there were times when it got lonesome but what made it bearable for me was socializing with strangers. I can strike a conversation with anyone provided they know how to reciprocate and they're not creeps. I understand that not everyone is an extrovert but it worked well for me when I was traveling solo.
  • Lucky350

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    Apr 10, 2013 8:31 AM GMT
    I went to my friend's closet once....

    There were plastic bananas and everything!

    Wheeew, what a day!... =P

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    Apr 10, 2013 2:46 PM GMT
    Some of my most memorable and enjoyable vacations were ones when I traveled solo.
    I love the feeling of independence and being able to set my own schedule. I enjoy solitude but consider myself to be a friendly outgoing guy, vacationing alone gives me quality time with myself and the opportunity to meet interesting people along the way.

    I work a different schedule from my friends, often it's difficult to orchestrate a trip away together, when Wanderlust hit's me I grab a bus / train / plane ticket and head out on the next adventure.
    I also tried camping solo once....never again, the nights alone around the camp-fire, telling myself ghost stories....too freakin' spooky!
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    Apr 10, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    yes and loved it
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    Apr 10, 2013 2:53 PM GMT
    i vacation alone every year. I just did three weeks in AUS and NZ alone
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    Apr 10, 2013 2:57 PM GMT
    I've been doing it a few times, but I enjoy it mostly with friends! icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 10, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
    BryUSC88 saidI've recently been considering taking a vacation alone. I've read about it being kind of a "finding yourself" thing. I know...at my age, I should have found myself years ago. I'm the kind of guy that can't sit in a restaurant and eat alone, so I feel like a vacation alone would really be a learning and growing experience. I'm single, so don't have the boyfriend to go with. And I have two close buddies, but one just bought a house and a car and can't afford a trip. And the other works in education, and can't afford more than a short trip. And I kinda miss doing some traveling. So...thought I'd see if anyone has every been on a solo-cation. Part of me thinks it sounds fun, but another part of me wonders if it would be depressing.

    Of course, the IDEAL situation would be for Mr. Right to come along...and we could travel together. icon_smile.gif


    Oh yeah. I've traveled all over alone. Its great.

    If you've never done it before, it will be a little saddening at times. Just don't go to resorts or resort towns. Go somewhere adventurous or cultural if you're traveling alone.
  • Sportsfan1

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    Apr 10, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
    I travel alone almost exclusively and I can honestly say I enjoy it. I can do what I want when I want, go where I want, see what I want and do not have to worry about anyone else except myself. I am planning a trip by myself to NYC to see the Dodgers play the Yankees at Yankee stadium in June. I think if you are a secure, well-adjusted individual traveling alone is no big deal.
  • Destinharbor

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    Apr 10, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    I tried it in London once because I go there often and I was curious if it would change what I like to do and see. I had heard that alone, you'll wander down some street with no idea where it leads and pause over some book in a bookstore that you might not have, investigate some new interest. Well, I hated it. I'm an extrovert and can talk to anyone but the lack of someone to share new discoveries, to share pleasure with was just depressing. I can sit quietly and read a book but being on the move without a friend to share it was awful. I'd say head out on your own for five or six days and then have a meet up point with your friend in education. You can test the waters and then have someone to share it all with.
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    Apr 10, 2013 3:19 PM GMT
    Personally love travelling solo. My last was a 3 week+ visit to Patagonia. It was swell! It probably is because I am quite a loner, but I think travelling alone also makes you more open to others and others more open to you.
  • gwuinsf

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    Apr 10, 2013 3:58 PM GMT
    I enjoy vacationing alone. You get to go at your own pace. You aren't subject to you friends wants/desires/being slow.

    The only thing I hate is eating alone.
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    Apr 10, 2013 3:58 PM GMT
    My close friend does this. He calls them grindr vacations. Just a weekend away to a new city with his grindr and other social network programs to meet new toys.

    I used to think it was gross and whorish now I'm starting to come around.
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    Apr 10, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
    Everyone needs some alone time.It's too bad more people dont realize that.Ry
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    Apr 10, 2013 4:16 PM GMT

    No.
  • hdurdinr

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    Apr 10, 2013 4:18 PM GMT
    I often travel alone. I find the process of actually traveling on my own to be lonely but then once I'm there it's fine. I traveled around the middle east by myself a few years ago and had a really interesting time.

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    Apr 10, 2013 4:24 PM GMT

    I'm in that situation like recently there was this good deal for 2 to Greece at Blue Diamond Bay...but I rather not go it's sin for me that sort...icon_sad.gif I rather enjoy with the one at heart.
  • McStudMuffin

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    Apr 10, 2013 4:31 PM GMT
    Does it count if you travel by yourself to visit someone. I'm doing that next Month. Going to Connecticut to visit my sister by myself. I'd like to go to UK on my own someday soon
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    Apr 10, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
    Yes, both times. Most days I did have some sort of group activity booked in the mornings, which was sometimes fun and sometimes tiresome.

    I've gone on any number of weekend trips on my own. Some times I'd put out an invitation in case anybody wanted to go along, but didn't depend on anyone taking it up.

    Of course, plenty of business trips, but those generally involve meeting someone most of the day.
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    Apr 10, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
    I've done it twice and really enjoyed myself both times.

    First time was an all inclusive golf trip to Pinehurst. It included all meals and a round of golf/day. I ate all my meals alone in the dining room. You had to wear a coat and tie. It was pretty awesome. I'd bring a book and sit by the window. I'd get paired with different people during golf and that was pretty fun too. I'm really pretty shy so it was a nice way to interact with some strangers but have plenty of time solo.

    The second time was to Paris. I spent a week and it was one of the best vacations I've ever had. I spent three days in the Louvre just checking out the art. Didn't have to worry about anyone else being bored or wanting to see something else. Could wander around at my own pace and really spend time with the art. Dined at little cafes. I don't speak any French so I just winged it. Would up with some terrible meals but also found a ton of great stuff.
  • Medjai

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    Apr 10, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    I did a road trip to San Francisco once. I had a great time!
  • Thirdbeach

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    Apr 10, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    I have done many trips on my own, and many with friends.
    All my trips have been enjoyable for many different reasons.

    Some of my faves:
    My several trips to Indonesia, each time on my own.
    Two months in Africa, with a tour group, none of whom I knew at the start of the trip.
    NYC on my own.
    Malaysia with my Mother.
    Puerto Vallarta with a group of 8 friends.
    Vegas with a group of 12 friends for my 40th Birthday.
  • ohioguy12

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    Apr 10, 2013 6:25 PM GMT
    Yes, and now I can't imagine ever vacationing with other people again